Peter Frampton Announces Final Tour, But The Reason Why Will Leave You Absolutely Crushed
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Frampton Announces Final Tour
This summer, one of the greatest chapters in rock music is coming to a close.
Peter Frampton, triple threat singer-songwriter-guitarist, is heading out on the road for what will ultimately be the final tour of his career, wrapping up more than 50 years on the road with a four month jaunt across North America.
The news came over the weekend, in the form of a tour poster shared to Frampton’s official Facebook account, along with an announcement that Frampton’s final run of dates will feature Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening as well as his own son, Julian, with Julian Frampton Band filling in on the west coast dates.
It also came with a simple, quiet request: to please tune into CBS This Morning Saturday for an exclusive interview. Fans, though confused and a little sad at the thought of their favorite no longer touring, graciously agreed, expecting to hear the usual “It’s time/I want to spend time with my family/I’m tired of being on the road all the time” that many musicians have given in recent years.
But when they tuned in Saturday morning, nothing could have prepared them for what they heard.
Frampton, 68, revealed that he’s suffering from a rare degenerative muscular disease – inclusion body myositis, a rare and incurable inflammatory condition which causes muscles to weaken slowly. The diagnosis came nearly four years ago following a fall onstage, and despite initially progressing slowly he felt the effects of his condition start to ramp up only last fall. While on vacation with his daughter in Maui, Peter suffered what CBS calls a “particularly bad fall,” and it was then that he began making plans for his final tour.
“The reason I’m calling it the ‘farewell tour,’ again, is because I know that I will be at the top of my game for this tour and I will make it through this and people won’t be saying, ‘Oh you know, he can’t play as good.’ I can. But we just don’t know for how long. What will happen, unfortunately, is that it affects the finger flexors,” Frampton explained.
“That’s the first telltale sign is the flexors, you know. So for a guitar player, it’s not very good.” He can still play – and play well – but the effects in his fingers are there, and his perfectionist nature won’t allow him to risk going “out there and feel like, ‘Oh I can’t, this isn’t good.’ That would be a nightmare for me.”
As the tour sneaks closer, Peter Frampton’s main goal is to record as much as he can, while he can; at the time of his announcement, he’d already recorded 33 brand new tracks. “I just want to record as much as I can, you know, now, for obvious reasons,” he shared.
But despite this cruel blow dealt to him, he wants to make one thing absolutely clear: his diagnosis is not life threatening – it’s life changing. Right now he’s participating in a new drug trial at Johns Hopkins and there’s always hope that it’ll work and this ‘farewell’ tour will be the catalyst for “the miracle tour” one day – but if there is no miracle, Peter knows that he’s had not just a great run, but an absolutely incredible run – one that he’s profoundly grateful to have lived.
Tickets for Peter Frampton’s FINALE – The Farewell Tour go on sale on Friday, March 1st. The tour kicks off on June 18th in Tulsa, Oklahoma and wraps on October 12th in San Francisco; tickets are definitely going to sell out for this once in a lifetime event, so be sure to snag your tickets now and get ready to celebrate one of the greatest legacies in music one last time.
Peter Frampton, ‘Peter Frampton Finale – The Farewell Tour’
June 18 — Tulsa, OK @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
June 20 — Little Rock, AR @ Robinson Performance Hall
June 22 — Montgomery, AL @ Wind Creek Casino & Hotel
June 23 — Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
June 26 — Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
June 27 — Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
June 29 — Salamanca, NY @ Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
June 30 — Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 2 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
July 3 — Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
July 5 — Montreal, QC @ Montreal Jazz Fest- Place des Arts: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
July 7 — Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 9 — Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
July 10 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
July 12 — Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 13 — Stayner, ON @ Roxodus Music Festival
July 23 — Traverse City, MI @ Interlochen Center for the Arts-Kresge Auditorium
July 25 — Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 26 — Morgantown, WV @ MountainFest Motorcycle Rally
July 28 — Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 29 — Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheatre
July 31 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug. 2 — Minneapolis, MN @ Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater
Aug. 4 — St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 5 — Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
Aug. 8 — Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Aug. 11 — Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Aug. 16-21 — Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean
Aug. 30 — Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Sept. 1 — Albany, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sept. 2 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Sept. 4 — Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
Sept. 6 — Miami, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
Sept. 7 — Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Sept. 10 — Simpsonville, SC @ CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
Sept. 11 — Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Sept. 13 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Sept. 14 — Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sept. 21 — Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sept. 22 — Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sept. 24 — Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Resort & Casino
Sept. 26 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Sept. 28 — Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Resort Spa & Casino
Sept. 29 — Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Casino-Pechanga Summit
Oct. 2 — San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Oct. 3 — Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Oct. 5 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Oct. 6 — Tuolumne, CA @ Black Oak Casino Resort-Westside Pavilion
Oct. 9 — Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Oct. 10 — Portland, OR @ Ilani Resort & Casino-Cowlitz Ballroom
Oct. 12 — San Francisco, CA @ Concord Pavilion